February 2015 – The Arc Webinar: The Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Alcohol is a ubiquitous substance consumed commonly in spite of its many hazards – one of which is permanent alterations in the fetal brain leading to lifelong brain dysfunction in at least 1% of the population. Prevention means no alcohol exposure to the embryo or fetus exposure during all of pregnancy. This simple concept has turned out to be anything but simple to apply and there is no evidence of a reduction FASD over the last 40 years. This lecture will explore the most likely approaches to prevention of this important public health problem.
- Why is the advice “if drinking don’t become pregnant, if pregnant don’t drink” so challenging for professionals to give and for women to receive?
- How effective is brief interventional counseling in warning alcohol abusers about FASD?
- What methods are being used to identify the highest risk women for having children with FASD and helping them?
Sterling K. Clarren, MD is one of the world’s leading researchers into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), an umbrella term encompassing fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder, static encephalopathy:alcohol exposed and penatal alcohol exposed. He was the Robert A. Aldrich Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, and doctor for the university’s FAS diagnostic and prevention clinic prior to becoming the CEO and Scientific Director of the Canada FASD Research Network.